Title cards: "Bergen - Quaint streets of a busy fishing port" "Oslo - Stavekirke - Built without nails" "Old Norwegian Village" "Stockholm, Sweeden [sic]. The New City Hall." "Russia Canal to Leningrad" "Lumber Yards - On the Dock" "Peterhof Palaces and Gardens with Beautiful Fountains, Peasents [sic]" Leningrad -- Alexander II Palace Memorial Church"
In Norway, the camera follows Mrs. Levy through mostly deserted streets. Russian (USSR / Soviet Union) footage shows lots of fountains and street vendors, from whom the Levys purchase food.
0:03:48 In Sweden, couple dance outdoors as violinists play, Swedes in traditional clothing 0:04:25 Russia, on canal to Leningrad, steamship goes by, pan of docks and ships, band on ship playing 0:05:11 Peterhof Palaces, many shots of fountains, some good 0:10:35 Memorial Church, Leningrad 0:11:11 Alexander II Palace, soldiers marching in front 0:13:59 Russian woman sweeping Red Square, the Kremlin 0:14:39 title card reads: "Russian street scenes, typical natives, decaying buildings", good footage of generic non-touristy russian life, shots of kids, man walking with bouquet of flowers, horse and carriage, 360 degree pan of Moscow, brief but good shot of funeral procession, excellent shot of drunk on sidewalk, getting up and tring to walk straight 0:18:11 title card reads: "Moscow, The Kremlin Wall, Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum" tomb, VS of Kremlin and Red Square 0:19:54 vs of Tallin (Reval), Finland, Nicoli Church 0:21:34 vs of Copenhagen, Denmark, good generic street scenes of the city, lots of people riding bicycles 0:22:13 Town Hall Square, more shots of people on bicycles 0:23:11 Geifon Fountain 0:23:26 Danish Royal Guardsmen, Fredricks church? 0:23:55 flower cart stand
June 7, 2012 Subject:
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Quite fascinating and extraordinary amateur film showing what appears to be a group of 3 which are in a larger travel group travelling Eastern Europe, in Bergen, Norway and then ultimately Russia. Although I was a bit let down at first by the intro of intro cards, (indicating, well, money put into the film) that fear soon gave away to the methods of shooting style. Somewhat shaky at times, sometimes picking rather dark places to shoot, and most especially it's pre-occupation with gawking at people (they stare right back). The women seem to also have a preoccupation with talking to police officers (!). And let's not forget the images, some very nice shots of famous landmarks (after all. this is a tour group outing). Quite interesting to wonder how much of these buildings are still up, given the time facto and the political states since that time. Highly reccomended!